Illinois & Bernina

This past week was quite interesting.  I flew to Chicago for the Bernina Teacher’s Reunion.  I flew in two days early so I could go visit my Dad.  He and my uncle had decorated the house for Christmas.  Both are doing well and enjoying each others company.
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The picture behind Uncle Duane is of the house they live in.  Uncle Duane had it built over 30 years ago.  It is surrounded by fields and is extremely quiet and lovely.  It is always a nice retreat for me when I visit.

The only dicey thing about flying to Illinois at this time of year is the weather.  I should have taken a picture when I was stuck on the I-55 for 90 minutes.  An ice storm hit and the roads were nothing but ice.  I saw dozens of accidents and one was so bad that both the north bound and south bound lanes of the interstate were closed for over an hour.  The normal 2 1/2 hour drive from my home town to Chicago took 8 hours.  But, I finally made it to Aurora.

Bernina is my favorite sewing machine.  I actually have owned 5 of their machines.  I presently have 3 that I use every day when I’m home.  Bernina hosts a teachers retreat once a year teaching us software, how to use various presser feet, and general knowledge of their product.
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You get to know other like-minded individuals and here I am with Ellen Anne Eddy, Li Hertzi and Melinda Bowman.    Ellen is world famous for her incredible stitched quilts and wearables.  Her book "Stitch Magic" is a favorite of mine.

Last year I had met Ellen in Oklahoma City at my first Bernina Teacher’s Retreat.  This next photo is of Ami Sims and Terri Chilko. 
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We each, Ellen, Ami and others, were to bring someone we wanted to introduce to the Bernina machines.  I brought Li Hertzi, Ellen brought Melinda and Ami brought Terri.  Watch for these women in the future.  Li already has a book published "Art Doll Adventures".
There were 59 of us at the retreat this year.  We learned so much that my head will be spinning for days.
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Yvonne Porcella showed us many of her wonderful painted and dyed pieces.  She even let us come up and play with some of her stuff.  Linda Lee had a wonderful trunk show, so it wasn’t all learning software and presser feet. 

Now it is time to unpack and repack.  Kieran turns 4 this Sunday and we’re going to fly to Orlando to help her celebrate!

One Response to “Illinois & Bernina”

  1. LI Hertzi says:

    Yes, it ROCKED! Bernina treated us like many queens of the same island – the sewing island, its a very big and creative island!
    Thank you Patti for inviting me and opening the door to all this fun and color!
    Later, LI

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